BBC news correspondent swears during breaking news report
BBC News presenter Charlotte Gallagher dropped the F-bomb live on air, the BBC to issue an apology after the awkward error.
On Thursday, presenter Matthew Amroliwala was giving an update on the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s mass data breach.
The data breach has seen 10,000 officers’ details published by mistake, and the BBC was meant to play some pre-recorded clips of a press conference.
However, something went awry with their plan and ended up crossing to journalist Charlotte to give the update.
Matthew explained: “Well, apologies we can’t bring you that clip, but our correspondent Charlotte Gallagher has this report.”
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She began speaking, but there came another glitch when she began to stumble over her words and swear live on air.
“As the public face of the PSNI, Chief Constable Simon Byrne… As the public face of the PSNI, Chief Constable Simon Byrne has been under an incredible amount of pressure over this data breach.
“Today he said he was ‘deeply sorry’, describing the breach as, of… I can’t get my words out… F**k,” she quipped.
Immediately realising her mistake, Charlotte pursed her lips and rolled her tongue over her teeth in frustration.
Cutting their feed from Charlotte, the image cut back to the BBC studio where Matthew quickly explained: “Well, apologies there for that confusion.
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“That was our correspondent Charlotte Gallagher, she’s monitoring what’s been happening there at that news conference. We will get more on that here in the next little while.”
About 20 minutes later, Matthew issued an apology for Charlotte’s colourful language and said: “Now, before we move on.
“I want to apologise for the bad language a little earlier you may have heard in a clip. We were playing you the outcome of the press conference.
“[Where] we heard from the Chief Constable of Northern Ireland’s police force, that data breach and we went to our correspondent.”
He added that they accidentally played a clip with “bad language”, apologising to viewers for “what you just heard”.
BBC London airs weekdays from 1:30pm on BBC One.
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